Shaun King, a Justice columnist at the Daily Kos, was the first person to identify the suspect in the Charleston church shooting. While the early reporting on Twitter has been off on other incidents such as the Boston Marathon bombing, this time the social network followers got it right.
This week the northeast prepared for winter storm Juno. It was predicted that New York City could see up to 30 inches of snow. Jobs closed early, public transportation was shut down, state-mandated curfews were enforced, and grocery stores ran out of kale. The apocalypse seemed nigh.
Awards season is officially underway, and social media was more present than ever at last weekend’s Golden Globes. Catherine Zeta-Jones was compared to the “red dressed salsa dancer emoji” and iconic moments played out on social and spurred attention (and even some scorn on Twitter).
Just one week in and 2015 is proving to be a volatile year for news and social media-attention grabbing headlines. Freedoms of both press and speech have been threatened around the world, illustrated through a deadly terrorist attack in Paris and a knee-jerk (and immature) reaction by a US congressman to a press mention.
The biggest and most interesting news stories this week, as told by Brandwatch social data. The news cycle started slow, but that only lasted halfway through Monday. We looked at online conversations of #Snovember, People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive announcement, Movember of course, and much more.